GUSTAFSON, JAMES M.
James M. Gustafson papers, 1948-2004

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gustafson, James M.
Title: James M. Gustafson papers, 1948-2004
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 256
Extent: 4.73 cubic ft. (12 boxes)
Abstract:Consists of writings by and about James M. Gustafson including published journal articles, unpublished manuscripts, dissertations, term papers, and sermons.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Citation

[after identification of item(s)], James M. Gustafson Papers, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Joan S. Clemens and Aimee Morgan, 2003, 2006.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

James Moody Gustafson was born December 2, 1925, in Norway, Michigan to John O. (a minister), and Edith (Moody) Gustafson. He attended North Park Junior College from 1942 to 1943. From 1944 to 1946 he was in the U.S. Army, and served in the Corps of Engineers in Burma and India. Gustafson received his B.S. degree from Northwestern University in 1948, a B.D. from Chicago Theological Seminary and University of Chicago in 1951, and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1955.

He was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1951 and served as pastor in Northford, Connecticut from 1951 to 1954. During 1954-1955 he was the assistant director of a Carnegie Foundation funded study of Protestant Theological Education in America, directed by H. Richard Niebuhr. He became an instructor at Yale University in 1955 and served on the faculty for seventeen years, both in the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies. Gustafson moved to the University of Chicago in 1972, where he was a professor of theological ethics in the Divinity School and served on the Committee on Social Thought. In 1988 he became the Henry R. Luce Professor of Humanities and Comparative Studies at Emory University where his primary responsibility was to conduct seminars for faculty members from all schools and departments. Before retiring in 1998 after 43 years of teaching and research, he was Woodruff Professor of Comparative Studies and of Religion.

In addition to his teaching career, James Gustafson authored twelve books, co-authored and edited several more, and published scores of articles in journals in the United States and abroad, mainly in the area of ethics -- theological and applied. His principal systematic work is Ethics from a Theocentric Perspective, 2 vols., University of Chicago Press, 1981 and 1984. He was twice a Guggenheim fellow. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in which he served as an officer, and has received more than ten honorary degrees, including one from Uppsala University in Sweden.

Gustafson married Louise Roos on September 3, 1947. They have four children. He now resides in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Biographical Source: Contemporary Authors Online The Gale Group, 2001; and biographical information provided by James M. Gustafson).

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of writings by and about James M. Gustafson. The writings include Gustafson's published journal articles, unpublished manuscripts, dissertations, term papers, and some sermons. Reviews and correspondence regarding Gustafson's books are also included. There are several folders pertaining to Ethics from a Theocentric Perspective, which was published in the early 1980s. Gustafson also collected published and manuscript critiques and responses to his writings and theories. The bulk of the material pertains to his research and writing in the study of ethics, both theological and applied.

The collection also contains syllabi and lecture notes for courses taught by Gustafson at Yale University, the University of Chicago, and Emory University.



Container List

Correspondence
Box Folder Content
1 1 Correspondence and misc. - Washington and Lee Symposium, 1985
1 2 Letters to authors of Festchrift article, 1997
1 3 Letters at Festschrift time, 1997
1 4 SCE [Society of Christian Ethics], 1997
12 1 Correspondence, 1953-2002
Course Material
1 5 Course syllabi - Yale, 1956-1966
1 6 Course syllabi - Yale, 1956-1966
1 7 Course syllabi - University of Chicago, 1974-1987
1 8 Course syllabi - Emory, 1988-1994
2 1 Lecture notes - Christian ethics - Yale: Christian ethics-1963-64, 1962-1964
2 2 Lecture notes - Christian ethics - Yale: Christian ethics lectures, First term, 1962-1965
2 3 Lecture notes - Christian ethics - Yale: Christian ethics lectures, 2nd term, 1965-1967
2 4 Lecture notes - Christian ethics - Yale: Rel. 220, 1962-1969
2 5 Lecture notes - Christian ethics - Yale: Rel. 220, 1969-1970
2 6 Lecture notes - Christian ethics - Yale: Rel. 220, 1969-1970
2 7 Lecture notes - Chicago: CT 345 System[atic] Christian ethics, 1973
2 8 Lecture notes - Chicago: Catholics and Prot ethics, 1973
2 9 Lecture notes - Chicago: Uses of scripture course CT 352, 1974
2 10 Lecture notes - Chicago: Jewish ethics, Winter '75, 1975
2 11 Lecture notes - Chicago: CT 306 Intro to Christian ethics, 1978
3 1 Lecture notes - Chicago: History of Christian social thought, 1981
3 2 Lecture notes - Chicago: [Introduction to theological ethics], 1983-1987
3 3 Lecture notes - Chicago: Intro to theol ethics [sic], 1987
Lectures and Presentations
12 2 Miscellaneous Presentations, 1953-1966
12 3 Post-Retirement Lectures, 2001-2004
12 4 Warfield Lectures, 2002
Writings by Gustafson (Published)
3 4-20 Articles, 1951-1969
4 Articles, 1970-1987
5 Articles, 1988-2002
5 14 Bibliography, 1951-2002
6 1-5 Book reviews, 1953-1997
6 6 Dissertation: Max Weber's methodology, Chicago Theological Seminary, 1951
6 7 Dissertation: Community and time in the Christian church, Yale University, 1955
6 8 Theological Education in America bulletins, 1954-1955
12 5 Post-Retirement Publications, 1998-2003
Writings by Gustafson (Unpublished)
12 6 Critique of Nguyen’s Agape and Eros, 1948
12 7 An Analysis of the Writings of Gerrard Winstanley, 1950
12 8 A Christological Statement, 1950
12 9 John Dewey and D.C. Macintosh: A Study in Liberalism, 1950
12 10 Max Weber’s Interpretation of Calvin, 1951
12 11 Puritanism and Calvinism in the American Scene, 1951
12 12 Ritschl’s Theory of Religion and Culture, 1951
12 13 Religion and the Intellectuals in America [research proposal and bibliography prepared for H.R. Niehbuhr as part of Ph.D. exams], 1953
7 1 A working paper...for a consultation sponsored by the Institute of Ethics and Politics, Inc., circa 1954-1955
7 2 Toronto YWCA, 1956
7 3 Authority in puritan and congregational church order; A study in the problem of authority in congregational church-order, 1957
7 4 Lordship of Christ in the world, 1958
7 5 Theology of the Niebuhr brothers, 1959
7 6 Discussion paper on Tillich's "The spiritual and theological foundations of pastoral care," circa 1950s
7 7 Christian self-denial in an affluent society, 1963
7 8 UTS lectures: "Divergence and consensus in moral theology," 1964
7 9 Critique of two aspects of the view of religion and western society found in Weber and Parsons, 1965
7 10 Freedom and virtue, 1965
7 11 Keeping faith: race relations as a human problem, 1965
7 12 The protestant ethic today, 1965
7 13 Ethicists and activists: relations between the academic and practical orders, 1968
7 14 Ethics and experimentation, 1969
7 15 Ethics and experimentation: "Some propositions for discussion," 1969
7 16 Yale National Alumni Convocation, 1969
7 17 Ethical and theological issues in informal consent, 1970
7 18 Marriage: Its contemporary meaning, 1970
7 19 The university as a community of moral discourse, 1971
7 20 The issues in biology: is biological technology manipulative?, 1972
7 21 Report of the committee on philanthropy and the university [of Chicago], 1974
7 22 Vancouver, B.C. workshop: Minister as moral counselor and minister as leader of moral discourse, 1975
7 23 The nature of the ministry from a reformed perspective, 1979
7 24 Spirituality and morality, 1979
7 25 A dialogue about the corporate leader and the ethical resources of religion, 1980
7 26 Dialogue on income and wealth differences in a market economy, 1980
7 27 Man in the universe: a critique of theology and ethics, 1980
7 28 Ecumenism and ethical methodology: the theological choice, 1981
8 1 Problems and possibilities of comparative religious ethics, 1981
8 2 The professions: responsible to whom? for what?, 1981
8 3 If it ain't local, it ain't real, 1982
8 4 Matthew 5:21ff.: some ethical interpretations, 1982
8 5 Piety and morality, 1982
8 6 The church, the university and moral discourse, 1983
8 7 The limits of human flourishing, 1984
8 8 Patterns of moral choice: an assessment Coe College lectures, 1984
8 9 Persons in relations: a critique of some medical ethics, 1984
8 10 Hiram College lectures: Issues in contemporary ethics, 1985
8 11 The recovery of our creatureliness, 1986
8 12 An analysis of church and society social ethical writings, 1987
8 13 Doing theology and ethics in a university context, 1987
8 14 Uppsala University job, 1987
8 15 Uppsala University job, 1987
8 16 Varieties of moral discourse: prophetic, narrative, ethical and policy, 1987
8 17 Waits consultation on university divinity schools, 1987
8 18 Trust/doubt: the thin wedge of intellectual life, 1988
8 19 Jim Fowler's seminar, 1989
8 20 Human being/being human, 1989
8 21 Lecture for Clark-Atlanta University, 1989
9 1 Ethics: a growth industry, 1990
9 2 Center and periphery: on being called, 1991
9 3 Nazi doctors symposium, 1992
9 4 In honor of Bobby Paul, 1993
9 5 Gustafson for Cahill, 1994
9 6 Religious beliefs: why they matter, 1994
9 7 The human, the humane, the humanities, 1996
9 8 Roman Catholic influences on protestant ethics, 1996
9 9 Explaining and valuing the human: where science and humanities meet; The human: where disciplines meet, 1996-1997
9 10 Particularity/universality: retrospective tracking of a career, 1997
9 11 Unpublished manuscripts, undated
9 12 Unpublished manuscripts: sermons, 1972-1985
9 13 Unpublished manuscripts: sermons, 1986-1997
Writings about Gustafson
9 14 Book reviews and correspondence: Treasure in earthen vessels, 1961-1963
9 15 Book reviews and correspondence: Christ and the moral life, 1968-1970
10 1 Book reviews and correspondence: The church as moral decision-maker, 1970-1972
10 2 Book reviews and correspondence: Christian ethics and the community, 1972-1973
10 3 Book reviews and correspondence: Theology and Christian ethics, 1974-1976
10 4 Book reviews and correspondence: Can ethics be Christian?, 1975-1978
10 5 Book reviews and correspondence: Protestant and Roman Catholic ethics, 1978-1981
10 6 Book reviews and correspondence: Ethics from a theocentric perspective, Pre-publication correspondence, 1980-1992
10 7 Book reviews and correspondence: Ethics from a theocentric perspective, Letters, etc., 1981-1984, 1990
10 8 Book reviews and correspondence: Ethics from a theocentric perspective, Reviews, Vol. 1, 1982-1986
10 9 Book reviews and correspondence: Ethics from a theocentric perspective, Reviews, Vol. 2, 1985-1987
10 10 Book reviews and correspondence: A sense of the divine, 1995-1997
10 11 Book reviews and correspondence: Intersections: science, theology and ethics, 1996-1997
11 1 Published and manuscript responses, 1958-1968
11 2 Published and manuscript responses, 1983-1989
11 3 Published and manuscript responses, 1990-1993
11 4 Published and manuscript responses, 1994-1997
11 5 Published and manuscript responses, undated
11 6 Emory Magazine article on Gustafson, 1989
12 14 Capetz, Paul E. “Theocentric Piety and Revisionist Theology: Gustafson’s Development of the Reformed Tradition,” undated
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